Jose Cabrera is the lead guitarist of two of Tampa Bay's hottest bands, Son Salvaje and Nalisio &The Fellas. He is also an audio engineer, composer, as well as a guitar instructor at Music Showcase(Brandon, FL). His interest for the guitar started at age 14, back when he used to live in the Dominican Republic. After a year of being self-taught, and later on having taken private lessons from local guitarists, including Grammy Award winner Socrates Garcia, he decided to pursue music more seriously and started playing in a couple of the local rock bands.
At age 18, he was accepted into the National Conservatory of Musicof Santo Domingo (D.R.), were he studied classical guitar techniques for two years under the tutelage of professor Rafael Scarfullery. In 1998, he moved to the United States to expand his musical horizons, first studying at Hillsborough Community College (Ybor City, FL), with author and educator John Demas, and later graduating Cum Laude with a B.M. in Jazz Studies from the University of North Florida (Jacksonville, FL), where he had the privilage to learn from world-class guitarist, Barry Greene.
Around 2004, he became part of a trio called Bossamba, along with cellist Diego Villa and vocalist Angela Santacruz, playing Bossa Nova and other Latin styles all around the Tampa Bay area. During this time, he became familiar with recording softwares, marking his beginning as an audio engineer. He's also done studio work for bands/artists like Evangel, Lannie Battistini, Nalisio Taveras, as well as composed music for a couple of independent films (of which the soundtrack can be found in the Music section of this site).